When odorous house ants start appearing near entryways, on back decks, or inside homes in Merrimac, they can cause homeowners to get nervous. Why? Because odorous house ants are dark brown to black and their ⅛-inch-long workers can look like minor workers from black carpenter ant colonies. If you know anything about black carpenter ants, you might find yourself worried when you see odorous house ants. Keep in mind that minor workers of black carpenter ant colonies are larger than ⅜ of an inch. That's three times the size of an odorous house ant. You can also tell these two ant species apart by the fact that odorous house ants are all the same size. If you see thousands of tiny ants that are all about ⅛ of an inch long, you're probably looking at odorous house ants, not carpenter ants. Also, look closely to see if there is any hint of a dark brown coloration, or squish a few to find out if they have a stink to them. Odorous house ants give off a rotten coconut smell when crushed or disturbed. This is primarily why Merrimac residents don't want these ants in their homes. Odorous house ants don't damage wood, like carpenter ants. Let's take a look at a few more problems that can arise from an odorous house ant infestation.
Odorous House Ants Can Be Indoor Pests
These ants move their colonies several times, usually in response to flooding or rainy conditions. If they're driven into your Merrimac home on a rainy day, they could decide to stay. This can cause them to become a serious nuisance. These ants, which are often called sugar ants, can drive you crazy as they seek out sources of carbohydrates in your home. Here are a few places you might find them.
Crawling all over the dirty dishes in your sink.
Scaling the sides of honey jars and other containers that have sweet, sticky droplets on the sides.
Inside sugar bags.
Moving around in large numbers near faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, and on pipes.
Getting into your kitchen trash or recycling items.
Odorous House Ants Can Contaminate Food
When these ants find their way into your food packages, they can contaminate the foods inside. This is because they can get into your trash, drains, and other dirty places before getting into your stored foods. In most cases, the bacteria they spread are not linked to significant health conditions. You're likely to only get a stomach ache and experience other minor flu-like symptoms.
Odorous House Ants Can Contaminate Surfaces
When you find these ants crawling on your cutting board, or moving around on your counters in large numbers, keep in mind that they could be leaving invisible microorganisms in their wake. As with contaminated food, you can become sick from exposure to microorganisms on surfaces. You can touch these surfaces with your hand and then touch your mouth or nose. You can place a utensil on these surfaces and then place the utensil in your mouth. There are many ways the transference can occur.
If you have odorous house ants in your home, other pests might want to live with you. While you might find odorous house ants somewhat repulsive, there are many bugs that don't mind the smell and will readily eat these ants. An odorous house ant infestation is more than a nuisance, it can be the catalyst for greater pest problems.
How To Deal With Odorous House Ants
In most cases, odorous house ants are just a nuisance. If you want to get these ants out of your home, there are a few ways you can do it naturally.
Clean your home to remove food sources these ants feed on.
Fix plumbing leaks and address humidity.
Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around your windows, doors, and plumbing.
Fill in exterior gaps and holes using a caulking gun, replace weatherstripping, install door sweeps, and replace screens.
Store your kitchen and pantry foods in sealed containers, including pet food.
How Freedom Pest Control Can Help
There is no better way to get control of odorous house ant infestations, and prevent future infestations, than to invest in a residential pest control plan from Freedom Pest Control. Our highly-trained pest control technicians use the latest ant control strategies and trusted control products to keep ants out of Merrimac homes and eliminate colonies inside and around homes. If you have questions or you'd like to request service, we'd love to hear from you. Hop over to our contact page and tell us a little bit about your pest problem. We look forward to guiding you toward the right control solution for your specific needs, and to help you fit your pest control neatly into your budget. Connect with us today.